Class Requirements

Mattaponi Agility Dogs strives to offer a variety of classes for anyone wishing to participate in the sport of Agility. Both experienced trainers and the noncompetitive dog owners are welcome to join us for the fun and challenge of agility training.

We require that dogs enrolled in our classes be easily controlled by their handler and not demonstrate aggressive behavior towards people or other dogs. Formal obedience training is not required, but dog control on and off lead is a necessity.

The only training equipment that must be supplied by the dog’s owner/handler is a flat buckle collar (no choke collars and no tags, please), a six foot lead, a small hand tab for the collar, and plenty of small motivational treats or toys for the dog. Mattaponi requires that all dogs have a current Rabies vaccination and proof of such MUST be submitted with the registration form.

If you are interested in enrolling in enrolling in a class, fill in and print the registration form and waiver. Mail the registration form and rabies certificate to arrive at the class registrar during the registration period for each session. The mailing address is on the registration form.

All dogs and handlers who have not taken classes previously with Mattaponi and who would like to enroll in a class other than Beginner must attend an Evaluation session prior to the enrollment. Contact the registrar for days and times.

Classes may be repeated as needed to provide the dog and handler an adequate foundation for subsequent classes and for agility competition.

Jr. Handlers, those under 16 years of age, must also meet with the Evaluation Committee prior to class enrollment. The committee will look at the Jr.’s ability to control and train their dog, ability to accept instruction and the ability to assess and accept responsibility for the dogs well being in class.

Registration is on a first received basis. Class registration closes once the maximum number of students is reached. Classes do fill before the registration period ends. If your registration arrives after the class fills you will be put on a waiting list. This does not guarantee you will get into a class. Please mail your completed registration early to increase your chances of being enrolled in the class you desire.